May 06, 2004 09:00 AM

RULED: Bobby Brown, 34, was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on charges that he hit his wife, Whitney Houston, last December. Brown and Houston exchanged smiles during a 5-minute court hearing in Atlanta, the Associated Press reports. Judge Barry Zimmerman also ordered Brown to turn himself in to authorities July 10 or 11 for fingerprinting. The judge also warned him against having “violent contact” with Houston. The couple left the courtroom walking arm-in-arm and made no comment to reporters.

WON: Supermodel Naomi Campbell, 33, scored a possibly landmark legal victory against Britain’s Daily Mail on Thursday, reports Reuters. Essentially, the tabloid correctly reported Campbell had visited Narcotics Anonymous, but the court ruled that by printing the news of it, the Mail committed an “invasion” of her privacy. Campbell’s lawyer, Keith Schilling, told reporters: “This not only vindicates her personally, but more importantly it represents a real advancement to the rights of people to maintain important elements of their privacy.”

HIRED: Van Helsing star Kate Beckinsale, 30, and The Pianist Oscar winner Adrien Brody, 32, will be pushing Diet Coke in new commercials to be launched next week. The ad spots — featuring a bikinied Beckinsale poolside with a bunch of men, presumably including Brody — will aim to conjure up the sensations of “tingle” and “bounce” when a person imbibes the no-calorie soda, Coca-Cola said.

INCLUDED: Jennifer Aniston and athletes Magic Johnson, Carl Lewis and Gail Devers will help carry the Olympic torch on its journey around the world, the Olympics committee has announced. Australia’s 400-meter Olympic champion Cathy Freeman will be the first torch bearer June 4 in Sydney, when the flame starts a 46,800-mile trip across six continents, 27 countries and 33 cities with about 11,000 runners.

TESTED: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher, 31, tested positive for drugs after a bar brawl in Germany, reports the BBC. The musician and another unnamed member of the band had large amounts of alcohol and drugs in their blood, prosecutor Anton Winkler said. Gallagher is expected to face a fine in the case.

ESTABLISHED: New York Mets 6’3″, 215-lb. sex symbol Mike Piazza, 35, became the most-proficient homerun-hitting catcher in the history of baseball Wednesday night at Shea Stadium, breaking his tie with Carlton Fisk by hitting his 352nd homer. Other record holders, after Fisk’s 351, were: Johnny Bench, 327; Yogi Berra, 306; Lance Parrish, 299; and Gary Carter, 298. Adding to Piazza’s sweet smell of success, the Mets beat the Giants 8-2.

FETCHED: “Boy with a Pipe,” a 1905 masterpiece by Pablo Picasso, sold for $104 million to an anonymous bidder on Wednesday at Sotheby’s in New York. It is the most expensive painting ever sold.

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